Peace not War!
Close Guantanamo Bay now!
- 779 persons have been imprisoned in Guantanamo since January 11, 2002.
- 166 prisoners are still detained in Guantanamo.
- 603 prisoners have been released.
- 1 Guantanamo prisoner has been convicted by US federal courts (Ahmed Ghalilani).
- 9 have died in Guantanamo, 6 allegedly by suicide and 3 of “natural causes.” (3 from Afghanistan, 3 from Saudi Arabia and 3 from Yemen).
- Only 6 of the 779 prisoners have been put before a military commission.
- 4 prisoners eventually agreed to plea bargains.
- 1 prisoner has been convicted in a military commission.
- 1 prisoner is still at trial.
- 87 prisoners of the 166 (one-half) have been “cleared for transfer” by senior officials six US government agencies, but have not been released.
- 90 of the 166 are from Yemen, 18 from Afghanistan, 8 from Saudi Arabia, 7 from Algeria, 6 from Pakistan, 5 from Tunisia, 4 from China, 4 from Libya, 3 the Palestinian Territories, 3 from Syria, 2 from Mauritania, 2 from Uzbekistan, 2 from Malaysia, 2 from Sudan, 2 from Kuwait and one each from Kenya, Indonesia, Russia, Morocco, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq and Tajikistan.
- 30 of those cleared for release are from Yemen and are being held until “conditions in the country improve,” which means with US drone strikes in Yemen increasing, they will not be released for a long time, much less the other 60 from Yemen.
- Only 16 prisoners are considered “high value” (3 from Pakistan, 2 from Afghanistan, 2 Saudi Arabia, 2 Yemen, 2 Malaysia, 1 Indonesia, 1 Somalia, 1 Palestinian Territories, 1 Iraq, 1 Libya).
- 36 prisoners have now been designated for trial.
- 46 prisoners have been designated by the Obama administration for indefinite detention without charge or trial.
- 38 prisoners have been determined to be held unlawfully by US Federal Courts.
- $27,251 — yearly cost to US taxpayers of a federal prisoner.
- $800,000 — yearly cost to US taxpayer of a Guantanamo prisoner.
- $150 million — yearly cost to operate Guantanamo.
- Nearly 500 persons have been convicted by Federal Courts since 9/11 on terror-related charges.
- 355 persons convicted in Federal Courts of terror-related charges currently are being held in US Federal prisons.
- 0 persons convicted in Federal Courts of terror-related charges have escaped from any part of the Federal prison system.
- 4 cases involving Guantanamo prisoner rights have gone to the US Supreme Court.
- In all 4 cases involving Guantanamo prisoner rights, the Supreme Court justices have sided with the prisoners.
- During the 11 years of Guantanamo prison operations, hundreds of prisoners have gone on extended hunger strikes for treatment according to the Geneva conventions and reasonable condition such as having clean water bottles with meals. Military personal force-fed hunger strikers through painful nasal tubes.
Don’t start wars!
Freedom of press in Israel
Israeli soldiers display a military order to a cameraman in southern Israel attempting to film Gaza, 15 November. Israel has banned journalists from entering the “Gaza Strip” to cover its military operation there.
Is this what you call democracy?